Tuesday, August 8, 2017

US May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

So much for America First.

The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.

The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

NBC also reports that there is a small U.S. military presence on the ground supporting the counter-ISIS fight, called Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have linked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to more than 1,400 extra judicial killings while a public official.



And then there is this:

The United States will send additional Marines to Afghanistan following an on-the-ground request, NBC News is reporting.

Officials told NBC that dozens of Marines will be sent to Helmand Province to aid with internal force protection.

The request came from Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner and was approved by Central Command’s Gen. Joseph Votel, the report said.

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